DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance Intermediate Fellow
“First and foremost, I am a teacher; lover of food, music and history. I am also an evolutionary biologist who is broadly interested in understanding how organisms adaptively evolve against/with infection and disease, using experimental evolution, genetics and genomics as primary tools :)”
Basabi Bagchi, Srijan Seal (RC Lewontin Early Awardee by SSE) , Saubhik Sarkar, Biswajit Shit and Devshuvam Banerje are spearheading major projects in the lab! They who keep the lab going…
Devshuvam Banerji, Undergraduate Research Assistant, UG batch 2020, Competition, exposure to antibiotics and many other ecological pressure play an important role in determining the fate of microbes. I am keen on understanding how evoling under such selection pressures affect the ability of a microbe to infect it’s host. My interest also lies in decoding how sexual dimorphism in beetles shape their immunity
Srijan Seal, PhD student (Spring 2019- ) Email firstname.lastname@example.org, Evolution of immune responses under co-infection
Saubhik Sarkar, PhD student (Sept 2018-present; Email: email@example.com): I hail from Malda, and I completed my Masters in Zoology from BHU. My research interest lies in the broad areas of life-history evolution, non-genetic inheritance, ageing of immune response and host-parasite co-evolution. I love reading, especially the work of Satyajit Ray, Haruki Murakami and Matt Ridley. A big time foodie, I am always on the lookout for places with great food! That’s not all, for I am also a professional table tennis player.
Basabi Bagchi, PhD student (Jan 2018-present; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org): I possess degrees in microbiology and biochemistry but the area of biology that interests me the most is evolution. During my masters I received an opportunity to study experimental evolution hands-on, sealing my decision to choose evolutionary biology for my doctoral studies. I would like to answer fundamental questions about evolution in relation to insect immunity, using both biochemical and molecular tools. Apart from academics, I am an ardent bird watcher. I love travelling to different wildlife sanctuaries and forests and try to capture their beauty through my camera. Last but not the least, I am a foodie with a major sweet tooth!
Joy Bose, PostDoc (February 2021- present); Email: email@example.com. My interest in evolutionary biology has grown over the years because all of my scientific instincts tell me that each and every aspect of life should be investigated from evolutionary point of view. According to me, evolution is the grammar of life and this grammar depends on the genotype x environment interaction. I want to understand harmony of life in the living organisms from evolutionary perspective. When I am not doing research, I love to cook Indian food. I believe in only one religion that is ‘cricket’ and the former Indian captain Mr. Sourav Ganguly is my god.
Malavika Menon, Project Assistant (March 1- present); Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; The survival of a species is determined by its ability to withstand changes. Especially in today’s period of uncertainties where humans are forced to co-exist with pathogens. I am fascinated about evolution and its mysterious ways of working for better survival. My curiosity to understand nature has turned me to an explorer and adventurer. I love travelling to adventurous places. During my leisure time, I prefer to read mythological books or fiction. I am also a big-time fan of Korean and Turkish series.
Shashwat, Shreya and Manasven are Undergraduate Research Interns from Ashoka University who not only drive various new projects on ecology and evolution of infection spread and disease, they have been instrumental in bringing new ideas to the lab! Great Job Guys!
Shashwat Goyal, UG Research Intern, Batch 2020; “I am interested in working on the interplay of infection, life history traits and genetic backgrounds in Drosophila melanogaster. I’ve currently worked on immune molecule deficient lines (PPOs), lines with different ageing regimes (ACO and CO) and wild type lines(BRB). My experiments included 1)testing the differences in post-infection survival between flies that have different mating status and diets, 2) Testing the role of quick acting immune molecules (PPOs) on immunopathology following immune activation and 3) Testing the effect of different ageing regimes on rate of ageing post immune activation. I plan to continue working on flies with variable mating status and diet and testing their effect on other life history traits post-infection.”
Shreya Verma, Undergraduate Research Intern, Batch 2020, Research Interest: “Diseases spread through a number of ways in a population. I am interested in understanding how disease spreads in a natural population through scavenging, and how it affects the fitness of red flour beetles.”
Manasven Raina, UG Research Intern, Batch 2020, Research Interest: Interested in all manners of things related to ecology and evolution. Mainly, I have worked on a project assessing fitness impacts of con-specific feeding in a model system, with some dabbling into chemical ecology as well. On the side, I have worked on dispersal in the Tribolium castaneum species.
Arun Prakash is my long-term accomplice in various experiments since 2014. He is now a PhD student at U Edinburgh and collaborating with me in my various ongoing projects on “Role of insect antimicrobial peptides in immune priming and aging of immune responses”! Way to go Arun
It was great having all of you in the lab! Good Luck guys